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Let's Go to the Airport: Travel Tips

To limit the amount of plastic in landfills, take an empty reusable water bottle, such as a Camelbak Chute or Eddy, with you. Once you have gone through airport security, fill it up at a water fountain. Save up, plan it out, make memories. We've only got one life to live - live adventurously.

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Hiking Close to Home: for Beginners and Intermediates

The epicenter for outdoor activity in southeast Tennessee is only a short, twenty-minute drive from Lee University. Chilhowee Mountain begins at the base of Parksville Lake, fed by the Ocoee River. Chilhowee Mountain is home to seven-acre McCamy Lake and multiple hiking trails suitable for any type of hiker. Read about trails on Chilhowee Mountain for both beginners and intermediate hikers.

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My Favorite Back-Packing Meals

Everybody has their go to foods when the hit the trail.  I have seen people pack in steaks and gourmet meals fit for kings, but I could never jump on that bandwagon.  I always want to travel as light as possible and prepare my meals as quick as possible.  While a hot meal is appreciated at the end of a long day in the back country it does not necessarily mean that it has to be complicated.  As well, granola bars and jerky get old fast.  Here's a couple quick and easy meal ideas that I have with me when I'm on the trail.  1. Any "Good to Go Meal" Besides the fact that we carry these meals in both...

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One Item I Will Never Hit The Trail Without

I have been on many trails and spent many a night in the woods.  I have used many types of gear and pride myself on always being prepared.  I am also a nut for DIY tips and tricks that you can make out of cheap supplies.  However, I was humbled the other day when a customer came into our Cleveland store.

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Fontana Lake and the Black Bear Standoff

Stories are a wonderful thing.  They relive the past, bring happiness, and often times never fail to make you laugh.  A story that seems to always come up is that of my 16th birthday.  My father surprised me with four day, father and son back country trip into the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

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